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Re: Thanks

This message was contributed by Simon Lenton on 20/7/04.
It was in reply to this message: Thanks
posted by Richard Sandland on 15/7/04.

Hi Rich. As we haven't heard back from Chris we can only assume he loved it! Seriously though, here's a copy of the review from the local paper mentioning the McGuire:

Fine Arts Brass Ensemble, Carlisle Cathedral, Tuesday 13th July.

This very talented group looked splendid, instruments set off beautifully by the green and gold of the Cathedral altar-fittings, and made a sound to match. Their programme was cleverly varied, beginning with three settings, from the 20th century but harking back to much earlier times, of very English-sounding pieces. We then enjoyed the first performance of Auriga by Edward Maguire, in which each instrument represented one star of the five in the constellation. There was much striking and innovative use of the capabilities of each instrument – it was surprising to hear what was almost a portamento on the horn -, and there were many attractive passages which I am only prevented from calling ‘tunes’ because the sound-quality and pitch varied so sharply that they would be quite unsingable. After the interval we had a whistle-stop tour through 20th century jazz. I come as a novice to a good deal of this, but Derek Bell next to me was nodding and murmuring approval throughout. As an encore we enjoyed an altogether delightful semi-dramatic rendering of Gershwin’s "They can't take that away from me". This was the group’s fifth visit to Carlisle. I hope there will be many more.

Keith Maclennan

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